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Angry Birds Space Announced

Angry Birds in Space brings back our favorite suicide squad to take on and take out those despicable green pigs. With so many Angry Birds flying around, you might mistake this as a part of the epidemic already infesting practically every platform that carries a moving image. Put away those silly breathing masks. We take a look at this new breed of space cadets. Here’s our quick impression of the first world of Angry Birds in Space.

To tell you the truth, I’m not a big fan of Angry Birds. Tossing those feathered creatures seemed so binary, either it work or it didn’t. Angry Birds in Space, however, tosses all of that out the window - only to have that bounce off an asteroid and then crash everything into fat green pig. This new breed of bird learns what made the last one work while throwing in a whole new universe of tricks.

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Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The mobile space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here are our top five games this week:

GAME OF THE WEEK

SKY GAMBLERS: AIR SUPREMACY

iOS

Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy was one of two games featured at the new iPad’s unveiling event, and that spotlight is well-deserved. This game is a great choice if you’re looking to show off the new iPad’s graphical capability, and it’s also a solid arcade flight game. I hesitate to call it a flight sim, because SG:AS cares not for the constraints of real life: you won’t find ultra-realistic gravity and physics in this title, but it doesn’t matter. You’ll have so much fun playing SG:AS that your brain will forgive and forget those choices almost immediately.

There are a couple low points, namely the atrocious story (or lack thereof), and the game’s seeming inability to deliver a decent tutorial. Some would argue the latter is an egregious error. Since the game isn’t a true simulator, it’s not too tough to pick up the controls fairly easily. There are also four separate types of control schemes to choose from, making it easy to get into the game at any skill level. If you have a new iPad, you must buy Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy. If you don’t, buy it because adrenaline-pumping shooters are freaking awesome, and because everyone loves a good old fashioned dogfight.

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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition iPad Release Confirmed

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is coming to iPad, Overhaul Games confirms on the summer 2012 release's website. This is in addition to the planned PC release. The Enhanced Edition version of the game will include the original 1998 RPG, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack, and some entirely fresh content in the form of a new party member and a new adventure.

As has been the case since even before Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition was first announced, the Twitter feed of Beamdog founder and BioWare vet Trent Oster offers additional details. The game will be playable on all three iPad model, the user interface will be modeled to fit each platform, and there are more visual enhancements than what we see in currently available screens. Oster also promises news on the multiplayer side of the game at a later date.

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Rovio's Angry Birds Space arrives tomorrow, March 22, 2012, and there's a newly released launch trailer to get you in the mood for the pig-killing action. The multi-platform release spans both major mobile marketplaces -- the iOS App Store and Android Market -- as well as digital storefronts on PC and Mac.

The basic concept of slingshotting a variety of birds into elaborate structures with the intention of squashing ball-shaped pigs is still very much alive and well. As the title suggests, Angry Birds Space frames the action against an entirely new environment, forcing players to operate in low-grav and zero-G environments. There are also some very new and very angry birds for you to toss, as you can see in the new trailer.

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Today on X-Play

Tune in tonight 6:30PM ET on X-Play as we go behind the scenes with a Mass Effect 3 Combat Designer, and visit Assassin's Creed and Far Cry developer Ubisoft Montreal. Full show details below:

  • On Location: Ubisoft Montreal
    Ubisoft Montreal is responsible for Assassin's Creed and Far Cry, and we'll cross the border and dig for details on both.
  • Mass Effect 3 Combat Designer
    Go behind the scenes with Cory Gasper on Mass Effect 3 and find out what it's like designing combat across an entire universe.
  • X-List: Top 5 BioWare Characters
    Mass Effect 3 continues BioWare's tradition of compelling story and rich characterization, and we'll reveal our five favorite BioWare characters of all time.
  • Dragon's Dogma Gameplay Preview
    Get a look at Capcom's first big step into open-world fantasy adventure with a sneak preview of Dragon's Dogma.
  • X-Play Recommends - Mass Effect 3: Infiltrator for iPad
    Can't get enough Mass Effect 3 on your console? Take it on the go with Mass Effect 3: Infiltrator for your iOS device.
  • X-Play Inbox
    It's time to open up more of your viewer mail in another round of X-Play Inbox.
  • Tsquared's Halo: Reach "Penance" Pro Tips
    Tsquared returns with more pro tips for multiplayer dominance, this time for Halo: Reach map "Penance."

Watch X-Play weekdays at 6:30PM ET, only on G4!

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Bethesda, the studio behind Skyrim and Fallout 3 may be working on an iOS game. A recent job listing on ZeniMax's careers website reveals that the company is looking for an experience iOS developer with a familiarity of Bethesda's games.

Bethesda didn't list any details on the type of iOS game they may or may not be working on, which is a shame. But thanks to the processing and graphical power of the recently released iPad 3, it's likely we'll see something pretty incredible. Bethesda could even port their older titles to the platform. Or, maybe, the iOS could be the platform that the rumored Elder Scrolls Online might be coming out for?

Of course that's all speculation, but at the very least I know I'd be interested in playing a game from Bethesda on my iPhone. If you want to get a job in the gaming industry, why don't you check out our How To Get A Job In Video Games: Your Career Resource Guide

Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The mobile space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here are our top five games this week:

GAME OF THE WEEK

LIGHTOPUS

iOS

I’m going to go out on a limb and predict Lightopus will be a future Hall of Famer for the App Store. It's a mix of colorful environments, simple yet challenging gameplay, and upbeat soundtrack make for one of those “lightning in a bottle” games you can’t stop playing. You’re the last fully grown lightopus, and it’s your job to protect the baby lightopus (called “bulbies”) from certain annihilation. Each area has bulbies to collect, and bad guys to destroy.

Here’s where things get interesting. Instead of ramming those creeps head-on or performing some kind of attack, the bulbies that follow in your wake are your offense. You’ll have to maneuver around the bad guys in order to allow the bulbies to destroy the evil things headed your way. It makes for a fresh spin on an old concept, and powerups only enhance the twist.

Just about everything in Lightopus is designed for fun, including its environments. The dazzling neon landscapes and animated backgrounds are simply marvelous, and you’ll never tire of the sights you’ll see as you progress through the game. Now all I need is for developer Appxplore to give me this game in glorious retina display on my new iPad!

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Tune in this Monday at 6:30PM ET as an all-new week of X-Play unveils our third of four BioShock Infinite exclusives, and reveals a look at first footage from Dishonored.

Plus, reviews of I Am Alive and MLB 2K12, and Morgan Webb rounds up all the action from SXSW in Austin, TX.

We'll also check out the next batch of PlayStation Move titles, get an early look at Dragon's Dogma, and head up to Ubisoft Montreal to hang with the developers of Assassin's Creed and Far Cry. All this and so much more when a brand new week of X-Play starts this Monday at 6:30PM ET!

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Mass Effect 3 Datapad Launches For iOS

Good news, Mass Effect fans. Today, EA and BioWare launch the Mass Effect 3 Datapad app for iPhone and iPad. In addition to the Codex section covered in last month's preview, the app also offers some bonuses for those who connect it with their Origin accounts.

The mail section updates with personal messages to your Commander Shepard from the various beings you encounter during your adventures in Mass Effect 3. There's also a very simple Galaxy at War game that offers players an opportunity to boost their Galactic Readiness rating by deploying fleets on various timed missions. Earned credits can then be spent on upgrades that result in better or more frequent rewards from these missions.

The app is entirely free to download, so if you're playing Mass Effect 3 and happen to own an iOS device there's really no reason not to check this thing out.

Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The mobile space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here are our top five games this week:

GAME OF THE WEEK

INCOBOTO

iOS (iPad)

There are lots of heavy hitters on the list this week, but Incoboto’s pedigree has had mobile gamers drooling over its launch for quite some time. It’s made by Dene Carter, who used to be a part of Lionhead Studios (Fable, anyone?), and the same care that went into that franchise oozes from Incoboto’severy nook and cranny. Inco is the last survivor of a terrible event that destroyed all the suns in his universe. With the help of a mischievous, adorable and star-hungry sun named Helios, Inco must traverse worlds filled with contraptions and collectibles to find answers and (hopefully) other humans.

Incoboto achieves both incredibly lonely and hilariously funny moments, which is rare to find in many a mobile game; in addition, the game’s soundtrack only enhances the haunting and whimsical Incoboto locations Inco visits. You’ll spend hours lost across worlds, solving puzzles, and wishing the game lasted forever after connecting with it. There’s no real way to describe Incoboto, but there are definitely inspirations ranging from Limbo to Super Mario Galaxy, which is no small feat. Oh, and one last thing: don’t miss reading every one of The Corporation’s signs.

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The next Angry Birds game is Angry Birds Space. Rovio made the announcement of the game from the International Space Station. Check out the video of actual NASA astronaut Don Pettit playing Angry Birds Space while orbiting the planet.

"This collaboration began with a simple Twitter exchange about birds and pigs in space, and it has grown into a tremendous outreach and education opportunity," said David Weaver, NASA's associate administrator for communications. "Games are fun and entertaining, but they also can be inspirational and informative. This ongoing collaboration with Rovio and Angry Birds is an exciting way to get people engaged with NASA's missions of exploration and discovery, and get students energized about future careers in science and technology."

Angry Birds Space is expected to launch March 22, 2012.

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Infinity Blade: Dungeons Announced

Infinity Blade: Dungeons has been announced. According to Apple, the latest iteration in the infinity Blade series will be the most advanced and detailed title yet. In IB: Dungeons, you're on a quest to craft the "ultimate weapon." It will feature HDR graphics, tone-mapping, and most importantly, the ability to connect enemies for chain kills. HD combo moves, yes please! Fans of the series can also get excited for a new crafting system and dungeon crafting.

Epic Games' Mike Capps made an appearance at today's Apple Conference to reveal their new iOS game. During his presentation he promised "The Unreal engine is unleashing the power of the new iPad." It will have more memory and screen resolution than either the Xbox 360 or the PS3."

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New iPad Announced: Apple Shows Off Its Next Tablet

Apple announced the new iPad, showing off the tablet device to the press and the internet world. The new iPad features a "retina display," 4G LTE internet and features the addition of Apple's new "virtual assistant" Siri. It will be available on March 16th; pre-orders start today.

Prices $499, $599, and $699 for 16, 32, and 64GB. $629, $729, and $829 with 4G.

Apple head Tim Cook introduced the new device, saying, "the iPad is the poster-child of the post-PC world.”

Here's what we know about the Apple iPad HD:

  • "Retina display" Much higher definition that previous display. 264 pixels per inch, better than 1080p, according to Apple. Better color saturation. Color saturation improved by 44 percent
  • A5X processor is confirmed, which means quad-core graphics, which means amazing games.

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The next version of the Apple iPad will almost certainly be announced tomorrow morning, but it looks like it won't be called "The iPad 3." Instead, it will be called "iPad HD," according to a "developer who's previously provided reliable information with respect to things Apple," reported by CNET.

Obviously, the idea of the name is to call attention to the (supposedly) big feature of the next iPad: Its high definition screen. Previous rumors have pointed to the next iPad being a beefy, powerful machine. Rumors say that there is a quad-core processor with 4G LTE capacity.

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Battlefield 3: Aftershock Won't Be Coming Back To iOS

Battlefield 3: Aftershock won't be returning to the iOS App Store, EA Mobile has confirmed. The free-to-download multiplayer FPS was pulled from Apple's digital marketplace last week as a result of negative consumer feedback. In layman's terms, it was kinda broken. Now the publisher confirms in a statement to Vox Games that Aftershock won't be surfacing again.

"In the interest of bringing consumers only the highest level of quality mobile entertainment, EA Mobile has decided to suspend development and support of Battlefield 3: Aftershock and refocus its resources on other titles," the statement reads. "The Aftershock servers will be live through March 31st, 2012, and customers who have already downloaded the game can continue to play until then."

Sorry? No one's broken up about this, right? I mean, that's why the game was pulled in the first place. In the end, the fewer FPS games there are that try to make virtual dual analog controls work on mobile platforms, the better off we all are.

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